Your mother told you as a kid to make your bed every day. You might have been the kind of agreeable child who did it simply because you were told to do it, or maybe you liked the idea of having a tidy room (these kinds of children must exist somewhere, right?). But if you were like most kids, you probably didn’t see the point of it. You’re just going to mess up the covers when you get in bed at night, so why bother making the bed look neat?
We’ll give you a reason. We’ll actually give you five.
- It jumpstarts the rest of your day.
- When you make your bed, you are setting yourself up for a day full of productivity — because within 10 minutes of waking up, you’ve already completed one task. Sure, it’s small, but it’s finished. It’s not an essential task, like brushing your teeth or showering or eating, so when it’s finished, you know that you’ve completed something, and it will affect the way you approach the rest of your day.
- Forming little habits like this can lead to better habits overall.
- Charles Duhigg wrote a book called The Power of Habit, and says that “Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It’s not that . . . a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold.” How can you argue with that?
- It keeps animal hair out of your sheets.
- If your bed is made, hair and dander and dust can’t get into your sheets as easily. And if you have pets, you know how much they love to try to get on your bed and shed everywhere. It’s a great way to keep yourself a little bit healthier.
- It makes your bedroom look better.
- Even the messiest bedrooms will look more put-together if your bed is made. Plus, there’s no point to owning nice bedding if it’s always crumpled! Even if you’re the only one who sees your bedroom, you deserve to see it looking nice.
- It can lead to greater happiness.
- If making your bed can lead to greater productivity and better habits, why couldn’t it lead to greater happiness? Psychology Today corroborates the correlation between bed-making and happiness. And since making your bed already leads to two other great life changes, what could hurt in trying it to sustain and improve your happiness?
Now start tomorrow off right — by making your bed!